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Students collect 3,000 cans for ministry

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Students at Suwanee Elementary collected more than 3,000 cans in January for the North Gwinnett Cooperative, a local food ministry.

Special Photo Students at Suwanee Elementary collected more than 3,000 cans in January for the North Gwinnett Cooperative, a local food ministry.

SUWANEE -- Students at Suwanee Elementary recently learned the power of teamwork to accomplish a common goal.

Students there set out on a mission to collect as many canned goods as possible -- aiming for more than 100 cans per classroom.

They accomplished their mission. From Jan. 9-19, students at the school collected 3,000 cans to benefit North Gwinnett Co-Op, a local food ministry.

"We had amazing participation from staff and students," said second-grade teacher Wendy Leo.

She noted that certain classes went above and beyond, including students from Rhonda Terranova's class and Laura Thomas' fifth-grade class collected 300 cans each.

According to its website, the North Gwinnett Cooperative was formed in 1991 as a ministry that provides food, clothing, financial assistance and spiritual support to those in need in Buford, Suwanee, and Sugar Hill communities.

Originally formed by Sugar Hill United Methodist Church in 1991, the ministry is now supported by additional congregations, area businesses, civic organizations, schools and individuals who generously donate food, clothing, and financial resources.